Conferences provide opportunities to open lines of communication and show the school and your child that you care and are involved in his/her education.
Additional recommendations for successful Parent-Teacher Conferences include:
Be On Time
- Be on time. You only have 15 minutes for the conference. Your time with the teacher is therefore limited and you should try to make the most of it. Try to keep in mind you are not the only parent the teacher is meeting with, and try to stay within your allotted time.
- Bring questions. It helps to write your thoughts down so you make sure you get to everything you’d like to cover. Because time is so limited, before you go into the meeting, prioritize what is on top of your list to address with the teacher. For example, you may want to know how your child is performing compared to her peers, or if there’s a particular subject where improvement is needed. Also, you should take notes during the meeting.
- Let the teacher know you value her time and treat her with respect. Most conferences are held over the course of a day or two—meaning your child’s teacher will be in back-to-back meetings during this time. Each family has different concerns and questions for the teacher and it’s a long day. Try not to get offended or angry if she delivers bad news. Listen first, then talk. Thank the teacher for bringing up a problem and discuss ways in which you can solve it together. A good parent-teacher relationship can help everyone better support your child’s learning.
Behavior at Home
- Bring up anything that is happening at home that could affect your child’s behavior, learning, or participation in class. A divorce, illness or death in the family or of a family pet, financial issues, or other disruptions to your routine could all have an impact on your child.
Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm on Thursday, March 14th and Friday March 15th.
- If you have not yet scheduled a conference with your child’s teachers it is not too late! Sign-up using the sign-up genius sent out by teachers last week.
- In addition, specials teachers will be available to meet with parents regarding their child’s progress on a drop-in basis.
We look forward to seeing you all this week at Parent-Teacher conferences!!
Principal, GVA Douglas County